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    RCull is offline Nearly a Glow Sage
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    Default rewrite file extention in htaccess

    I have changed many file extensions from html and shtml to .php.

    Is it reasonable to have a rewrite rule that takes requests for "non-existent" .html and .shtml files and rewrites them for .php with the same name or should I stick with a simple line redirecting each file?

    Thanks

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    AndrewGlow is offline Master Glow Jedi
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    Hello,

    I would use an editor that has a "Replace all" function to update script links in all places. A rewrite rule may also work, but it is not the correct configuration and, from my point of view, may cause some troubles in the future.

    For example, what if you have had some page.html and removed it? Then while accessing this page, instead of getting a 404 error, the user will be redirected to page.php and only after that will get 404 error. It is not too much "work" for the server and not too much "load", but still not the ideal approach.
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    RCull is offline Nearly a Glow Sage
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    On my site, I have corrected all the extensions. What I am trying to address is offsite requests for old html extensions.

    It is a fair amount of work, but perhaps a simple redirect is best?

    Redirect 301 /reference/years/50.shtml http://www.*****.com/reference/years/50.php

    Thanks

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    David I is offline Newbie
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    Hello,

    Here is how you can do that:

    Code:
    RewriteEngine on RewriteRule ^(.*).html$ $1.php
    Or more advanced way:
    Code:
    RewriteEngine on
    
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d
    RewriteRule ^(.*)\.html$ $1.php?%{QUERY_STRING} [L]
    
    RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f
    RewriteRule ^.*$ index.php [L]

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